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  • Restoring my own mana

    • Date: 25 July 2016

    Matanuku is a man who, with help from an initiative being run by the Manukau Urban Māori Authority in South Auckland, has turned his life around, and has taken steps to restore his own mana on his own terms.

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  • Kapa haka is for everyone

    • Date: 25 July 2016

    Meet the new Executive Director of Te Matatini, Carl Ross, as he talks about his passion for kapa haka and priorities in his new role.

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  • From te reo 'outsider' to te reo ambassador

    • Date: 25 July 2016

    There was a time when Jenny-May Clarkson felt like an “outsider” in her own culture. Yes, she “looked Māori, felt Māori”, but never quite got Māori.

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  • Te Mātāwai

    • Date: 25 July 2016

    Membership of Te Mātāwai – the new organisation established to lead reo Māori revitalisation on behalf of iwi and Māori – is almost finalised and it’s likely it will hold its first meeting in late October 2016.

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  • Te Pātaka a Te Ururoa

    • Date: 25 July 2016

    Karanga mai e Hine-takurua, karanga mai e Matariki!

    The rise of Matariki is always a time to reflect – to be content with the year that has gone, and look forward to new challenges with renewed enthusiasm.

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  • Mai i te Toihautū

    • Date: 25 July 2016

    Kei ngā ihuoneone, kei ngā taituarā o te ao Māori, tēnei ka mihi ake.

    Nau mai Hine-takurua, nau mai Puanga kai rau, nau mai e te iwa o Matariki!

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  • Photo caption: Minister for Māori Development, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell (far right) pictured with one of the nine whānau who have moved into the homes at Kohuhu papakāinga. (L-R): Joanne Thomas, Eddie Naicovi, Lucius Chase and Julius Moore.

    He Korowai Trust – providing ordinary services in an extraordinary way

    • Date: 25 July 2016

    He Korowai Trust has been working for the last four years to create a housing solution for whānau in desperate need in Kaitāia. This four year dream was finally realised with the opening of 9 homes within its social housing project – Kohuhu papakāinga, a 35 bed emergency accommodation unit, medical centre, community café and social services.

     

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  • Minister Flavell at wreath laying ceremony in Korea.

    Minister lays wreath at Korean War memorial in Seoul

    • Date: 05 July 2016

    Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell took part in a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial of Korea acknowledging sacrifices during the Korean War including those of New Zealanders who lost their lives in the conflict.

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  • Minister Flavell is greeted at pōwhiri in Korea.

    Minister leads Māori business delegation to South Korea and Japan

    • Date: 05 July 2016

    Minister Te Ururoa Flavell led a Māori business delegation on a six-day Ministerial culture and trade mission to South Korea and Japan. 

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  • Ben Paki (right) with colleague Peter Little.

    A lifetime of legislation

    • Date: 05 July 2016

    Growing up in rural Northland, the oldest child of a widowed mother, Rihi Paea (or Tottie) Paki, Ben Paki is clear on his motivation for following a university pathway. On the eve of his retirement from Te Puni Kōkiri he shared some of his memories.

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  • Peter Little holds the Ahuwhenua Trophy.

    Second choice leads to 50 year career

    • Date: 05 July 2016

    When a young Pete Little finished a five-year Government rural field cadetship in 1966, he was asked to rank the four sponsoring agencies in order of where he would like to work.

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  • Kuia mark the momentous occasion at Mangatawa papakāinga.

    New Social Housing Development Opens at Mangatawa

    • Date: 05 July 2016

    True to the proverb that it takes a whole village to raise a child, these tamariki are doubly blessed in that they have their parents as well as the numerous kuia and koro who live in 16 kaumātua units close by to nurture and raise them together.

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  • Peter Little and Ben Paki.

    A good innings

    • Date: 05 July 2016

    Between them, Pete Little and Ben Paki have notched up nearly 80-years service to Te Puni Kōkiri and its iterations.  So as they had towards retirement, we asked them to share their memories.

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  • 'Measuring what matters for Whānau' - 2016 Whānau Ora Conference

    • Date: 05 July 2016

    ‘Measuring what matters for Whānau’ is the theme of the 2016 Whānau Ora Conference, hosted by Te Pou Matakana, the North Island commissioning agency.

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  • Proposals sought for emergency housing places throughout New Zealand

    • Date: 10 June 2016

    The Ministry of Social Development has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking proposals from providers interested in delivering emergency housing contracted places across New Zealand.

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  • Thankful for a shot

    • Date: 25 May 2016

    Applying for up to 60 jobs a week with no success was getting her down. It wasn’t until Vanisa completed a single Māori mother’s employment programme offered through Manukau Urban Māori Authority that she was successful in her search.

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  • Mā te uaua anō ona ora - Life is in our power of muscle

    • Date: 19 May 2016

    This week Minister Flavell announced the Māori Housing Network will receive a $12.6 million boost over the next four years in Budget 2016.

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  • Solar panels help whānau get on their feet

    • Date: 17 May 2016

    It has been a long-awaited home improvement project for the Tukaokao whānau to get access to an affordable and reliable power supply and the whānau couldn’t be happier.

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  • $12.6 million boost for Māori Housing Network

    • Date: 12 May 2016

    Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell said at a pre-budget announcement the Māori Housing Network will receive a $12.6 million boost over the next four years in this year’s Budget.

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  • Whānau Ora - Three new funding rounds open

    • Date: 12 May 2016

    Te Pūtahitanga are excited to announce three new investment rounds opening on 1 May 2016 and a round of hui throughout Te Waipounamu to help you put in the best possible application. Applications close 31 May 2016.

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  • Whānau Ora - New Te Pūtahitanga initiative launched

    • Date: 12 May 2016

    The 1000 Days Trust, a Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu initiative, has been launched in Christchurch and aims to establish a specialised service for Southland pepi and whānau during the first 1000 days of a child’s life.

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  • Whenua Māori Fund for land owners

    • Date: 12 May 2016

    Are you interested in generating a return from your land? Do you want to want to improve returns from your land?

    Te Puni Kōkiri manage the Whenua Māori Fund to support owners and trustees of Māori freehold land explore different uses of land, and news ways to boost its productivity.

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  • Te Ture Whenua Māori in Parliament

    • Date: 12 May 2016

    The new Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill recently had its first reading in Parliament.

     

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  • Technology helping businesses engage with the Māori Economy

    • Date: 11 May 2016

    Māori and iwi organisations have the potential to become multi-million dollar businesses, if not already.

     

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  • Te Pātaka a Te Ururoa

    • Date: 11 May 2016

    In this edition, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell talks about two pieces of legislation in the House namely Te Ture Reo Māori and Te Ture Whenua Māori and shares insight from his recent regional visits to Te Waipounamu and Waiariki.

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  • Golden Shears can pay off for highly skilled Māori

    • Date: 11 May 2016

    Each year the Golden Shears competition, which is the largest shearing and wool handling event in the world, attracts competitors from all over the world all vying for the coveted Golden Shears title.

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  • Funding and programmes for whānau-centred services transferred to Whānau Ora

    • Date: 11 May 2016

    The Government is transferring up to $11.38 million in funding and programmes from the Ministry of Social Development to support Whānau Ora.

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  • Notification of the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claim’s Trust Mandate Hui

    • Date: 15 April 2016

    In November 2015, the Tū Ake Whakatōhea Collective submitted a draft mandate strategy to the Crown for consideration.

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  • Photo credit: Te Arawa Whānau Ora.

    Whānau Ora - Tane Takitu Ake set for new intakes

    • Date: 06 April 2016

    “Tane Takitu Ake” which means “to stand up together as men” is the focus of this innovative programme. It’s aim is to support Māori men helping other Māori men with high health and social needs to realise their full potential.

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  • Photo credit: Te Arawa Whānau Ora

    Whānau Ora - Creating a path to independence

    • Date: 06 April 2016

    When choosing a path in life, sometimes it’s not one big step you need to focus on, but the series of small incremental ones that lead you to your destination. For Sherina, mum to 5 young tamariki, that big step was moving to Rotorua but the small incremental step was developing her Whānau Plan.

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  • Whānau Ora - Whānau Tahi a finalist in Hi-Tech awards

    • Date: 06 April 2016

    Whānau Tahi was announced as a finalist in the 2016 New Zealand Hi-Tech awards. They started their own software solutions company, Whānau Tahi, and built their own system: Whānau Tahi Navigator. Whānau Tahi Navigator effectively puts whānau in the driver’s seat of their own health and social services plan.

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  • How the “Ania’s” got their way

    • Date: 06 April 2016

    Kōkiri speaks with the Ranga-Bidois whānau in Ngāruawāhia who opened their papakāinga in October 2015 which, for them, was the fulfilment of a dream.

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  • One of the new homes in 'paradise'. Photo credit: Hawkes Bay Today

    Homes for whānau are now ready in Hastings

    • Date: 06 April 2016

    Waipatu is now home to a brand new modern day papakāinga.

    Tucked away on Bennett Rd, Hastings, are eight new homes situated in a self-sufficient paradise that is predominantly off the grid and built on Māori freehold land.

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  • Wellington’s first urban papakainga opens its doors

    • Date: 06 April 2016

    A dawn blessing on Saturday 19 March marked the opening of 14 new affordable whānau homes at Wellington’s Te Aro Pā papakāinga.

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  • Mai i te Toihautū

    • Date: 04 April 2016

    Ngahuru, kura kai, kura tangata. Harvest time, wealth of food, the wealth of people.

     

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  • Whenua Māori Fund Open

    • Date: 29 March 2016

    Maori land owners are keen to explore ways to better utilise their whenua as applications to the new Whenua Maori Fund start coming forward.

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  • Whānau Ora - Pā Ora, Pā Wānanga at Omaka Marae

    • Date: 29 March 2016

    Whānau of Omaka Marae in Blenheim believe in the whakatauki ‘He tangata akona ki te marae, tū ki te ao, tau ana’. If a person is well connected to their marae they will learn all the values and principles needed to participate in the global village with confidence.

     

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  • Te Pātaka a Te Ururoa

    • Date: 29 March 2016

    Easter is our first significant public holiday since Christmas and New Year. It signals the onset of winter, colder days and longer nights.

    When I look back on the year so far, I am feeling pretty good about the mahi Te Puni Kōkiri has achieved with the help of iwi, hapū and whānau.

     

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  • Ranginui e tū iho rā

    • Date: 29 March 2016

    Thousands descended on Ōrākei marae, many more followed the live stream coverage to pay tribute, to honour and to grieve the loss of one of te ao Māori’s most influential academic leaders and advocates – Dr Ranginui Walker.

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  • Mōkai Kāinga: All about community

    • Date: 29 March 2016

    For more than three decades Mōkai Kāinga Trust in Wellington has been ‘giving back’ to the community it serves. We visited Ōwhiro Gardens to discover a little bit more about what happens on the ground.

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  • Ahuwhenua finalists' field days

    • Date: 29 March 2016

    The three Ahuwhenua Trophy finalists - Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited, Tewi Trust and The Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation have hosted their field days.  Last month the three finalists were announced by the Minister in Parliament .  The winner will be announced Friday, 20 May.

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  • Jade hands out fresh kai from her Kākano Cafe menu at the opening function.

    Whānau Ora - Café and Cookery School opens

    • Date: 24 February 2016

    Jade Temepara has waited a long time to realise her whānau dream of opening a café and cookery school based on healthy organic living and traditional Māori foods. Now that dream is a reality and Kākano Café is open in central Christchurch

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  • Te Ture Whenua Māori Reform hui update

    • Date: 19 February 2016

    Nationwide hui to update people on changes made to Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill are underway and will be completed by the end of February.

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  • Whāia te iti kahurangi

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    In this edition, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, writes about a new fund to support Māori land owners and looks forward to The Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill being reported back from Parliament.

     

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  • Toitū te whenua, toitū te tangata: productive land, prosperous people

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua. As man disappears from sight, the land remains.

     

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  • Whānau Ora - Reo Pēpi pukapuka

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    Two Ngāi Tahu hākui from Ōtākou have collaborated to create a series of beautiful children's books with hand drawn images featuring both English and Te Reo Māori.

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  • Whānau Ora supports USO Bike Ride initiative

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    USO riders aim is to cycle the length of New Zealand as a challenge to the Māori and Pacific community to focus on Cancer awareness, regular health checks, and lifestyle management throughout all ages.

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  • Rise Up!

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    Fourteen Māori women will soon make their mark as graduates of the world’s first indigenous international leadership coaching programme.

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  • Tai Tokerau Economic Action Plan launched

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    Te Tai Tokerau Economic Action Plan was launched last month, emphasising that Māori, government and industry working in unison was critical to grow incomes, jobs and investment in Northland.

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  • Ngāpuhi Festival

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    More than 32,000 people crowded out Northland College and Kaikohe to attend the 11th Ngāpuhi Festival last month. 

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  • Honey is like the “It Girl” of the primary industry sector

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    Māori Trustee Jamie Tuuta outlines Te Tumu Paeroa plans to support more Māori into the honey industry.

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  • Hannah Wallace, winner of the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer of the Year 2015.

    Ahuwhenua Trophy finalists announced

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have congratulated this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy competition finalists, celebrating excellence in Māori farming.

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  • Mens second division flight winners

    Kaupapa Māori bowls everyone away

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    Manaakitanga and tautoko were well demonstrated at the 2016 Aotearoa National Māori Bowls Tournament held in Wainuiomata over Waitangi weekend.

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  • Photo credit - John Miller 'Whina Cooper at Parliament, Wellington, during Māori Land March arrival', 13 October 1975, from PHOTO HISTORIES exhibition, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 2009.

    The Journey to Te Ture Whenua Māori

    • Date: 16 February 2016

    The reform of Te Ture Whenua Māori is the most significant to have occurred in the last 40 years. During that time Māori have advocated for greater tino rangatiratanga over their whenua. 

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  • Award winners from the Cook Islands Development Agency New Zealand (CIDANZ).

    Whānau Ora - From First Year Reflections to the Future

    • Date: 12 February 2016

    The Pasifika Whānau Ora and Aniva Pacific Health Workforce National Conference in Wellington, on November 25 - 26 2015, provided opportunities for Pacific providers and partners of Whānau Ora to share ideas, knowledge and experience gained from the first year of Whānau Ora Commissioning.

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  • Hāwea-Wānaka Substitute Land Block

    • Date: 11 February 2016

    Are you Ngāi Tahu? You could be a beneficial land owner of the Hāwea-Wānaka block.

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  • Uenuku Charitable Trust Deed of Mandate

    • Date: 05 February 2016

    The Office of Treaty Settlements (OTS) invites submissions, views or inquiries concerning the draft Deed of Mandate of the Uenuku Charitable Trust (UCT) for the settlement negotiations of the historical Treaty claims of Te Korowai o Wainuiārua (the central Whanganui Large Natural Group).

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  • The most important thing in the world

    • Date: 27 January 2016

    Hutia te rito o te harakeke, kei hea rā te kōmako e kō?

    Kī mai ki ahau, he aha te mea nui o te Ao?

    Māku e kī atu, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

     

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  • Te Ture Whenua Māori

    • Date: 27 January 2016

    The relationship between Māori, whenua and the law has been a long and complex one. A century and a half ago the creation of the Native Land Court started a period of the greatest upheaval and change Māori ever experienced in their status and relationship with the whenua.

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  • Entries now open for Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards

    • Date: 22 January 2016

    The Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling. Entries are now open until 18 March 2016.

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  • Kōkiri 33 Raumati – on streets 5 February

    • Date: 22 January 2016

    You can read a selection of stories from Kōkiri 33 in this edition of Kōkiritia.

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  • Ngā mihi: Carl Bland (design) and John McDermott (photograph).

    Giving 2016 a Kick Up the Arts

    • Date: 22 January 2016

    The New Zealand Festival is a biennial, three-week arts festival held in Wellington. It is New Zealand’s premier cultural event, showcasing both international and local artists.

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  • A day in the life: of a wahine farmer

    • Date: 22 January 2016

    Hannah Wallace won Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer of the Year 2015, making her the first woman to win the award.

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  • Henare: an enduring gesture of love

    • Date: 19 January 2016

    Featuring a raw, eclectic edge, Henare is taking the jewellery industry by storm. The handmade range is merging nature’s gifts and life’s memories to create one of a kind, limited edition pieces.

     

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  • Students outside Google headquarters.

    Mauao to San Fran

    • Date: 19 January 2016

    Twelve Māori students from Te Wharekura o Mauao have travelled to Silicon Valley, San Francisco on an inspirational journey to encourage their education choices.

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  • Simply awesome

    • Date: 18 January 2016

    Chelsea Bayly, of Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi descent, is a 26-year-old female whose determination has led to a full-time placement in a male-dominated industry.

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  • Hard Work Pays Off

    • Date: 18 January 2016

    Hohaia Brown (Ngāpuhi) turned 20 only last year. He was selected from a pool of 30 applicants to be part of the Te Mana o Whakaaro Māori Cadetship Programme.

     

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  • My three 'w's' - whānau, whare and whenua

    • Date: 18 January 2016

    Ngā mihi o te tau hou ki tēnā, ki tēnā o koutou.

    2016 has arrived and provides us with new ambitions and goals to achieve in this calendar year.

     

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  • Moriori Mandate Reconfirmation

    • Date: 15 January 2016

    The Hokotehi Moriori Trust (HMT) is seeking to reconfirm its mandate to represent Moriori in Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown.

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